Free NBA Picks For Today 5/1/2021
Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Pistons at Hornets—NBA pick is Detroit Pistons +6.5. Both teams dealing with cluster injuries to scorers. No Jerami Grant for Detroit with no Hayward for Charlotte with Ball and Monk questionable. Pistons in the better shooting and defensive form as in their past five games hitting on 46.7% while holding opponents to 44.3%. Hornets in that period surrendering 47.5% shooting. Play Detroit +6.5.
Golden St Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Warriors at Rockets—NBA free pick is Houston Rockets +7.5. Christian Wood is in the lineup and surrounded by patchwork lineup. Stephen Curry is healthy and is in similar shoes as Ouburn and Draymond Green is questionable. Paschall and Wiseman are both out. Rockets have three of four after their second point win to Milwaukee. Warriors have lost two straight failing to cover four of five. In the offensive and defensive efficiency ratings in that period of five games Rockets have a net rating of -7.2 and the Warriors -4.1. Would rather take points here. Play Houston +7.5.
Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Bulls at Hawks—Free pick is Chicago Bulls +5. Another ugly loss for the short handed Atlanta Hawks after their 22 point road loss at Philadelphia on Friday. Three straight losses by double digits for Atlanta. Bulls dropped a ten point decision to Milwaukee on Friday. Chicago the team in better shooting and defensive form as in their past five games hitting on 46.7% while holding teams to 44.7% and 32.1% from beyond the arc. Hawks in that period hitting only 43% while surrendering nearly 49%. Bulls play a lot of players in their rotation and have better depth. Trae Young returned from injury on Friday and with many in the rotation out had to carry the load by himself on Friday. Still many questionable on the Hawks side. Play Chicago +5.
Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Heat at Cavaliers—NBA pick is Miami Heat -11. Miami has major rest advantage in this spot with two days. They are one game back of Boston for the sixth seed to avoid the play in round. Cleveland coming off the 29 point home loss to Washington on Friday as they have now lost and failed to cover eight of nine games. Past five games Cavaliers are surrendering 49% shooting and making only 28.3% from three. Healthy are Butler, Adebayo and Dragic for the Heat. Cavs have failed to cover three straight as a double digit underdog. Play Miami -11.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Orlando Magic NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Grizzlies at Magic—NBA free pick is Memphis Grizzlies -10.5. Second game of a home and away back to back with Memphis winning on Friday night at home by 17 points. Magic has lost and failed to cover seven of eight. Over their past five games with their patchwork lineup the team is shooting terribly at 40.8% from the field along with 33.8% from three. Grizzlies are in the better defensive form holding opponents to 42.7%. In that eight game period the Magic sit second worst in offensive efficiency with 101.1 points per 100 possessions. Play Memphis -10.5.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Pelicans at Timberwolves—Free pick is Minnesota Timberwolves +3.5. Minnesota has shown offensive improvement with the return of DeAngelo Russell to the lineup. They have won and covered five of their past six games. Pelicans have lost six of their past nine. They are 21st in offensive efficiency in that period scoring 110.5 points per 100 possessions. Adams and Walker are contributors and have been listed as out for New Orleans. Play Minnesota +3.5.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Pacers at Thunder—NBA pick is Oklahoma City Thunder +6.5. OKC has covered three of their past six games with their patchwork lineup as they sit Horford and Alexander. Indiana has lost two straight by 21 to Portland and 17 to Brooklyn all home. Indiana is dealing with cluster injuries seven of their rotation are either out or questionable. They have failed to cover five of seven. Play Oklahoma City +6.5.
Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Wizards at Mavericks—NBA free pick is Washington Wizards +6. Wizards have won eleven of twelve after their 29 point road win at Cleveland. Both Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are healthy and will play. Dallas is dealing with an injured knee for Kristaps Porzingis and he is questionable. Washington team ins great form as in their past five games hitting on 51.2% with 42% from three. Dallas shooting well but not as well as Washington right now. Play Washington +6.
Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Raptors at Jazz—Free pick is Toronto Raptors +7.5. Rest advantage for Toronto in this spot. Healthy for Toronto are Siakam, VanVleet and Anunoby. Utah on a back to back after their loss at Phoenix on Friday night. Out for Utah are Conley and Mitchell. Meaningful game for Toronto as they sit three games back of Washington for the final Play in spot in the playoffs. Raptors in good three point shooting form as in their past five games hitting on 38% from beyond the arc. Play Toronto +7.5.
Denver Nuggets vs. LA Clippers NBA Pick Prediction 5/1/2021
Nuggets at Clippers—NBA pick is LA Clippers -4.5. It is a tossup whether Leonard plays as he went through a walk through practice on Friday. Denver is missing both of their point guards to injury and Will Barton is out. That is huge and impactful when facing strong teams like the Clippers. Denver defensive form poor as in their past five games allowing 48.7% shooting. Nuggets have failed to cover five of seven as they sit fifteenth in offensive efficiency. Play LA Clippers -4.5.